I’ll be going dark soon and taking a break from the online world until the new year. 2016 has been exhausting in so many ways but art and creativity (and caffeine) have just about kept me going despite that so, to round things off, I’d like to give you my favourites from this year.
Book of the Year
The House of Fox by SJ Smith – One of the most bizarre novels I’ve ever read. A lot of books are described as defying categorisation but this one actually does. It’s an erotic-horror-comedy-fantasy that will make you laugh, cry, and say ‘oh, hello matron’ – sometimes on the same page. Check it out.
Film of the Year
Florence Foster Jenkins – It might be because 2015 and 2016 have been rough for me artistically that this film struck a chord. It’s broadly a biopic though it’s often too funny to become sentimental and one of Meryl Streep’s closing lines will resonate with any artist who has struggled in some way: “People may say I couldn’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”
Album of the Year
Antifuture by Erang – the first synthwave album from an artist who has previously focused on medieval dungeonsynth. For those of us who love the 80s soundtracks conjured up by the likes of John Carpenter, Goblin, and Fabio Frizzi, this is essential listening.